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Piazza Galvani, Italy

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Bologna: City History Guided Walking Tour - Small Group

1. Bologna: City History Guided Walking Tour - Small Group

Travel back in time as you explore the history of Bologna on this guided walking tour. View attractions like Bologna University and the tombs of Glossatori. Stroll through squares like Palazzo della Mercanzia, Palazzo Poggi, and Verdi square. Be greeted by your guide and begin your walking tour through the city. Hear about the thousand-year-old history of the Studium. See the monumental tombs of Glossatori and see the oldest university in continuous operation in the world at Bologna University. Stroll the birthplace of Guglielmo Marconi, who was awarded with a Nobel Prize and was the father of the radio communication. Stop outside the Archiginnasio building which hosts the world's biggest coat of arms collection. View a monument to the scientist Luigi Galvani in Galvani Square. Pass through the of the Palazzo della Mercanzia where you can admire the Romanesque-Lombard style of the Loggia dei Mercanti.  Continue to Palazzo Poggi square. Finish your tour in Giuseppe Verdi square where you can see the Municipal Theatre and the Basilica of San Giacomo Maggiore.  Join this easy and relaxing guided walk to quickly retrace the history of the academic development of the city. Please note, total duration of the activity is between 1.30 and 2 hours

Bologna: Old Town Hidden Gems Exploration Game

2. Bologna: Old Town Hidden Gems Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around Bologna's Old Town while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. Solve clues and discover the fascinating history behind the monuments and attractions. Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues that will take you back in time to learn about the origins of some of the city's most iconic buildings and tourist sites. Here's a sneak peek at the storyline: “You’re an emerging writer from London, whose debut novel was a success. But now writers’ block has struck. The year is 1815. [...] In your despair, you’ve come to Bologna. You heard the city’s many secrets and artistic flair inspire many artists. You hope to be next...." Unlock the secret stories of the places you visit as you solve the problem and guess the answers. Learn about the seven secrets that cloak Bologna in mystery, the streets of the Quadrilatero, and more. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour.

Bologna: Ancient and Recent History Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Bologna: Ancient and Recent History Self-Guided Audio Tour

Bologna is home to some of the best food, the most sublime beauty, and the richest history in all of Italy. Yet it’s rarely on the tourist radar. On this walking tour, award-winning author Frank Bures will give you a taste of authentic Italian culture, show you the city’s many historical sites, and tell you the stories most travelers don’t hear. Throughout the walk, he’ll share anecdotes from the time he spent in Bologna as an exchange student in the 1990s, where he came of age as a global citizen. Starting at the Neptune Fountain, you’ll walk through Piazza Maggiore to San Petronio Basilica where you’ll see the world’s largest sundial. You’ll then make your way to the Two Towers, one of which garnered a mention in Dante’s Inferno, and stroll beneath the famous porticos that became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2021. En route to the city’s culinary epicenter, the Quadrilatero, he’ll show you where the 1902 murder that dominated world headlines for three years took place. He’ll also tell you about the case of a 1980 train station bombing by right-wing terrorists that killed 85 people, before you walk back to San Petronio to learn about Michelangelo’s lost statue of Pope Julius II. Finally, you’ll loop past Piazza Galvani to hear about scientific experiments that electrified frogs before heading back where you started. Along the way, you’ll also have the chance to: • Hear about the different Italian dialects Frank encountered while studying here, including Bolognese • See the Roxy Bar, which was featured in the Italian superstar Vasco Rossi’s song Vita Spericolata (The Reckless Life) • Discover how the world’s oldest university got its start • Take in the “Seven Churches” of Santo Stefano • Find out how an ancient painting once saved the city • Learn the secret to cooking good Italian food • Be transported back to the time Aerosmith visited the city • Relive the glory of Bologna’s canals which once rivaled Venice’s • Understand why the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio called Niccolò dell’Arca’s Lamentation for the Dead Christ sculpture a “scream in stone” Join Frank Bures for this lighthearted 60-minute stroll through the ancient – and more recent – past of Bologna, a place that art critic John Berger once called “an improbable city.” PHOTO CREDITS: Photos of San Luca, Piazza Maggiore, Piazza Maggiore at night, Neptune at night, Santo Stefano and “Speaking Bolognese" courtesy of Bologna Welcome. All other photos by the author.

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based on 19 reviews

We liked the riddle tour through Bologna because we came to many places that we might not have discovered. We also encountered some peculiarities. Unfortunately it was only in English. So we didn't understand making and couldn't solve some puzzles.

This was amazing!! Different way to learn about this city! We walked to so many streets and learnt things that we wouldnt have the chance otherwise. We were impressed from the quality of the application! Good job guys!

Great trip! Felt little bit like an escape room, just in the city. Very sweet story and nice quests! Would definitely do it again! xoxo

A really great city tour! Stella knows her way around and is very personable!! We would do it again anytime!

Nice game for the discovery of Bologna and its secrets. Too bad it's only in English